Want to know what's happening at Greater Escambia Council for the Arts? This season is sure to be packed with entertaining events and performances. We have a fantastic selection of shows that will be sure to entertain you this season. We strive to have variety in our shows, ranging from drama, suspense, musicals, and many more. We are a family friendly organization. The Greater Escambia Council for the Arts believe that entertainment and theater should be enjoyed by the whole family.
The Sound of Music
August: 19-22, 26-29
After 20 years, The Greater Escambia Council for the Arts will be performing The Sound of Music once again! Rodgers & Hammerstein most beloved musical classic, featuring a trove of cherished songs. The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. This was also the very first show that GECA ever performed for the Escambia County audiences. After a full year of lockdowns and not performing, this inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, acts as the perfect return to live performances for Atmore.
Director: Phil Johnson
Genre: Musical | Historic | Romantic Comedy
To Kill a Mockingbird
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses us in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. The facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. Timeless and lingering, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion and the courage to do what is right.
Director: Phil Johnson & Sharon Poulsen
The Jungle Book
For the next "GECA Kids" show, the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts are bringing The Jungle Book to Atmore. The classic book, written by Rudyard Kipling, has moved to the live stage and will be performed by the awesome kids of Escambia County. Come and join Mowgli on his adventures with the responsible Bagheera and the loveable Baloo through the jungle. Experience the wacky encounters with different animals all the while avoiding the ominous Shere Khan. GECA always seeks to provide the best in family entertainment, and a big portion of that is getting the kids active and involved. So make sure to come out to audition and see "GECA Kids" production of The Jungle Book!
Director: Ellen Johnson & Andrew Willis
Genre: Comedy | Fantasy
Neil Simon's Fools
To finish off this season, GECA will be presenting Fools by Neil Simon. Fools is a comic fable by Neil Simon, set in the small village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine. The story follows Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, a school teacher who takes a new job educating Sophia, the daughter of Dr. Zubritsky and his wife, Lenya. Leon soon learns that there is a curse on the village that makes everyone stupid, but complications ensue when Leon falls in love with a very unlikely person. This comedy is the perfect show for the entire family. Come and join the GECA family for a weekend of laughs!
Director: Phil Johnson & Ellen Johnson